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Evelyn Webb Williams


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  • Organization
    Chicago Botanic Garden

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I'm a conservation geneticist. I'm interested in genetic diversity at multiple scales. I work with many plants and ecosystems, but right now I work on prairie restoration.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is the Bur Oak tree, Quercus macrocarpa. I also really like potatoes because French fries are one of my favorite foods.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I get to do different things every day and set my own schedule. And I get to study plants!

  • Profile Question 3
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    When I was little, I admired my aunt because she knew all the names of the plants. I wanted to know the names! Also, when she was in the field, she got to see a bear. That made being a scientist seem so cool.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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Hi Andrea and Ronell and Jack,

  I think you have a very clear story board, you could add numbers to show the order to read it ("1. Soaked seeds", "2. Seeds have germinated". I'm also interested in seeing the numbers on the other side of the board, because right now it's not clear if you have a lot of seeds that grew or just a few! The low amount of growth is a result. I'm also interested if you tried graphing your results as all! You could also make recommendations about what to do differently next time - the lessons you learned about trying to get seeds to grow! I hope that helps without adding too much work. When do you present your results? It's very cool to see your results, by the way, having seen this whole project from the beginning! Best, Dr Evelyn


Hello Andrea and Team,

  Those seeds have been busy! It's hard to draw a lot of conclusions with just a few (2?) plants, but it is interesting that the seeds that did poke above the soil are in the fertilizer treatments. Perhaps a few more made it above the soil today! And you're right, even if you can't use the seeds in the paper towel you can still use them as a 'learning experience'. How are you going to try and represent your results?

  Thanks for the great picture of that cute nasturtium seedling! Have a good weekend,

Dr Evelyn


Hello Norah and Team,

  The percent seeds germinated does make sense. I'm excited to see your results! How will you display your data when you have all the data?

Best, Dr Evelyn

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